About Gum Recession - Berkeley, CA

Smile Saver: Innovative Solutions for Treating and Reversing Gum Recession

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Battling Gum Recession?

Gum recession is one of the side effects of progressing gum disease and other oral health problems. It is also known as gingival recession and some of the symptoms include tooth sensitivity and gum pain. If the gums have worn down, they cannot grow back, and you may need professional gum surgery treatment with Dr. Keith Chertok to maintain optimal oral health.

Many people with receding gums feel very self-conscious about their smile because an excessive amount of tooth structure may be exposed. If you notice symptoms of gum recession, you must seek treatment to restore your healthy smile. You can prevent further gum recession by using the right brushing technique and by being consistent with your home care. If you have a misaligned bite, you could be at a higher risk of developing gum recession because too much pressure is being placed on certain teeth when this force occurs.

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Causes of Gum Recession

Preventing Gum Recession

If you are concerned about gum recession and other problems related to your oral health, talk with Dr. Chertok about options for preventing receding gums and gum disease. Some of the best ways to prevent receding gums include:

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When to Seek Treatment

If you have gum disease that has led to gum recession, you may notice your teeth becoming very sensitive. Receding gums are a common problem that should be evaluated by Dr. Chertok. However, many people do not realize their oral health is at risk until they experience severe symptoms. Signs and symptoms of gum recession include:


Treating Gum Recession

Dr. Chertok may recommend a gum graft or PST ™ for gum recession so that you no longer experience any type of pain or tooth sensitivity. Repairing your gums may require gum surgery, and Dr. Chertok can employ one of several techniques for the best possible outcome. Gum grafting procedures are typically performed by using tissue from a nearby site or by grafting tissue from the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the graft is performed with donor material. PST™ utilizes a patient’s own tissue and strategically repositions gum tissue located around the actual area of loss.


Importance of Seeing Your Periodontist

If you have loose teeth or receding gums, you must contact Dr. Chertok for an appointment as soon as possible. These are both symptoms of gum disease and should be treated as soon as possible. Progressing gum disease can cause a number of oral health problems, including shifting teeth, bleeding gums, gum recession, and inflammation of the gum tissue.


If you notice your teeth have become very sensitive or are starting to pull away from the tooth structure, you need to seek treatment for these symptoms as soon as you can. Dr. Chertok may recommend periodontal therapy if gum disease has caused your recession, and a gum graft or PST™ to restore your oral health. He will determine whether you are a good candidate for these treatments during your consultation. His goal is to ensure that you are not causing any unnecessary damage to the gums.

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